29.06.2013 - 30.06.2013
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On the second day of our Tampa weekend, we had planned to do some local sightseeing and a pirate ship cruise. Unfortunately the weather got the best of us and our pirate cruise was delayed so we hotfooted it to find some lunch somewhere near the marina. On the way I found a very interesting vending machine, can't say I was tempted to purchase though!
We found ourselves at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, apparently the largest Bubba Gump location worldwide and right opposite the Gulf of Mexico! Too bad the weather didn't let up so we could enjoy the view.
After lunch, the weather cleared enough for our pirate cruise to depart. What was supposed to be a two hour cruise of the Intercoastal waterway became 1 hour of cruising and 1 hour tied up alongside when the weather closed in. To their credit, the crew didn't skip a beat and the kids had fun with pirate songs, a water pistol fight, stories of treasure and of course, a treasure hunt. Unsurprisingly, the weatherman that day said the weather would be cloudy, not isolated storms along the coast. Fail!
The following day we decided to get some more sightseeing in before we headed home. We drove around town a bit and decided to take the longer, coastal roads to our next destination. One of the interesting sights of this detour was crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the 'flag' bridge of Florida.
Our next and final stop before home was Weeki Wachee State Park, the only city of live mermaids! Typically for this weekend, we had to drive straight through a storm whilst driving over a long, barely above the water causeway with thunder and lightning surrounding us.
There wasn't a whole lot to do at the park by the time we got there and because of the weather but there is a natural spring fed waterpark full of slides and small rides, a riverboat cruise, animal shows and of course, live mermaid shows. We were able to watch one of the performances and Carys was amazed to see real live mermaids in the Under the Sea show! Weeki Wachee also runs camps during school holidays for kids wishing to be mermaids for the week.
What visit to a mermaid city would be complete without a photo with a mermaid?